Olympic com­mit­tee to hold fresh polls

Sunday Express - - SPORT - Moorosi Tsiane

THE Le­sotho Na­tional Olympics Com­mit­tee (LNOC) will hold re-elec­tions for its na­tional ex­ec­u­tive on a date to be an­nounced.

This fol­lows the Court of Ar­bi­tra­tion for Sport’s (CAS) de­ci­sion not to lis­ten to their ap­peal against the ar­bi­tra­tion award by Ad­vo­cate Mon­a­heng Rasekoai call­ing for fresh elec­tions.

Ad­vo­cate Rasekoai found that there were ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties in the polls that were con­ducted in Fe­bru­ary this year.

‘Mat­lo­hang Moiloa Ramo­qopo was re-elected LNOC pres­i­dent at the Fe­bru­ary elec­tions that were marred by al­le­ga­tions that she and her com­mit­tee vi­o­lated the con­sti­tu­tion to pro­long their stay in of­fice.

The com­plainants were the Le­sotho Netball As­so­ci­a­tion, the Fed­er­a­tion of Dance Sport, Le­sotho Am­a­teur Athletics As­so­ci­a­tion, Le­sotho Swim­mers As­so­ci­a­tion and Leso- tho Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion.

LNOC spokesper­son, Moshoeshoe Mo­lapo (pic­tured), con­firmed the lat­est de­vel­op­ments, say­ing they were left with no choice but to call for fresh polls af­ter CAS re­fused to lis­ten to their ap­peal be­cause they ( LNOC) failed to sub­mit some of the re­quired doc­u­ments on time.

“Af­ter the ar­bi­tra­tion award we made it clear that we were not sat­is­fied be­cause it was just one-sided as we were not were not in­volved in it,” Mo­lapo said.

“CAS then asked us to bring some doc­u­ments as part of our ev­i­dence but we un­for­tu­nately missed the 2 Oc­to­ber 2017 dead­line for sub­mis­sion.

“So they said they would no longer lis­ten to our ap­peal and there­fore we will now fol­low the ar­bi­tra­tion award and call for fresh elec­tions on a date to be an­nounced,” he said.

Af­ter the ar­bi­tra­tion award we made it clear that we were not sat­is­fied be­cause it was just one-sided as we were not were not in­volved in it.

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